Calling All Quilt Lovers

By Abilene CVB on February 2, 2022


If you love all things quilts, make sure to add March 26-27, 2022, to your calendar to visit Abilene, Kansas. From shopping for the latest quilt supplies to seeing century-old quilts or following the Eisenhower Barn Quilt Trail, Abilene is a quilter's destination! 

1. A Sunflower Journey Quilt Show

Join the End of the Trail Quilters' Guide members for a dynamic quilt show Saturday, March 26 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday, March 27, from noon - 4 p.m at the Abilene Armory, 1009 NW 8th Street. Enjoy the merchant mall, silent auction, door prizes and more!

Admission is only $5, and children 10 and under receive free admission. 

2. Ida Stover Eisenhower Memorial Quilt Show

Visit the Dickinson County Heritage Center, 412 S Campbell, for the return of the Ida Stover Eisenhower Memorial Quilt Show Saturday, March 26, from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday, March 27 from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

See nearly 100 quilts on display from years gone by to the present day.

3. Youth Quilt Show

Presented by the Arts Council of Dickinson County, stop by 401 N Cedar Street to see the creative works of area youth.

4. Material Girls Quilt Shop

While in Abilene, make sure to visit Material Girls Quilt Shop, 306 N Buckeye Ave, for a great selection of fabric and notions. 

5. Eisenhower Barn Quilt Trail

Driving through the countryside anywhere in the world, you will likely come across many barns.  They drape the country in many designs, colors, and architecture.  Some barns are painted to display advertisements.  However, a woman named Donna Sue Groves, from Adams County, Ohio wanted to honor her mother by hanging a colorfully painted quilt block on her barn.  Instead of just one quilt block, she began a community project with twenty quilt blocks being displayed along a driving trail to encourage visitors to travel through the countryside. This was the start of the first quilt trail in America.

According to Suzi Parron who authored Barn Quilts and the American Quilt Trail Movement, quilt trails are organized all across the country.  Quilt blocks are displayed on barns around the countryside and then mapped out for tourists to follow these amazing works of art.  The quilt trails draw visitors into our rural communities as well as promote county-wide pride and showcase agriculture.  Traditional stars and various quilt patterns are now being displayed on barns, homes, sheds, and sides of buildings throughout the Kansas Flint Hills.  They are also put on posts and displayed in yards and parks. 

A project of the Flint Hills Tourism Coalition, the Flint Hills Quilt Trail Committee compiled this helpful list of barn quilts, including the Eisenhower Barn Quilt Trail in Abilene. Utilize the interactive map to learn more about each block.


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